Goldmine Trail

Goldmine Trail near Victoria, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
2 kms
2hours
moderate
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Victoria, BC
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NTS Map:92B12. This is a rather short trail that is often overlooked in the Victoria area, yet a great quick side trip when visiting Goldstream Provincial Park, especially during the monsoon season and the Salmon spawn in November.

The Goldmine trail is about 1.8 kilometres long and has three waterfalls, the highest having a drop of 47 meters straight down. A train trestle towers 85 meters over the river; it's on an active line that has at least three trains per day. The trail is fairly good, fenced in the most dangerous areas.

Directions:

There are several ways to get to the Goldmine trailhead. If heading South on the Trans-Canada Highway there is a small unmarked parking lot on the left shoulder of the highway just after the end of the downhill portion of the Malahat. If heading North to Goldstream Park from Victoria, the easiest way is to park at the Goldstream day use area, walk towards the Freeman King Nature house and scoot through a short tunnel under the highway; impassable when it's raining though so you may have to carefully run across the Trans-Canada at the intersection of the Nature House access road.



Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Fri Feb 12 01:51:46 UTC 2016 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Good Short hike Downside Steep in places Comment Rail line is not active at all the E&N ceased operation in 2011. Chances of it ever running again are probably remote as much line repair would be required.
By richardh216@hotmail.comPosted By: richardh216@hotmail.com  - Mon Sep 02 16:20:32 UTC 2013 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside lotsa tight hills all through this area Downside lotsa tight hills through this area Comment CC running friends park @ Caleb Pike and use the trail to skirt Mnt Finlayson and then continue on this route for a hill climbing run. Puts veins in yer calves. Monsoon season is great too, less people on the trail to get around
By BrankyPosted By: Branky  - Sun Sep 24 18:21:33 UTC 2006 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Nice and quiet trail, not much traffic. The falls are magnificent in the rainy season. And the view from the trestle is great, but it is a active railway so be careful. There are lots of connecting trails to the Goldstream campground and the trail up Mt. Finlayson and the Gowland Todd park. Downside Crossing the highway can be tricky Comment There are lots of connecting trails to make this as long or as short a hike as you like. Check the BC Parks web page for trail maps etc.
By Bliss-tersPosted By: Bliss-ters  - Fri Feb 25 07:35:26 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Fantastic waterfall, close to city. Quiet forest hiking just off the trans Canada. Downside Traffic dodging. The tunnel is great when passable, otherwise park on south side of highway. Comment Be sure to pack a flashlight to explore a very short but interesting mining tunnel.
By dmarrPosted By: dmarr  - Fri Jan 09 15:25:25 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Relatively little-used, except near the waterfall and trestle. Close to Victoria. Can be done year-round. Downside Limited views. If you do the loop you have to sprint across the highway twice (unless the water is low enough to walk through the tunnel). You also have to go through the busiest section of Goldstream Park. Comment This can be linked with trails (Prospector Trail, I think)on the other side of the highway to create a loop hike.


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